Oliver Twist – reviewed by Mariano De Luca

Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

Reviewed by Mariano De Luca (15 years old. Argentina)

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My teacher suggested that I read the book “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, which is an adventure story.  When I read it I felt that I was really in those old London streets, which the author describes amazingly.

Charles Dickens was born on the 7th September, 1812. When he was young, he had to work instead of going to school because some members of his family were in prison. This experience inspired him to write Oliver Twist.

Honestly, when my teacher told us what the book was about, I thought I wouldn’t like it; but when I began reading this great story, I really felt I was in the nineteenth century England.

This story takes place in the city of London and its surroundings around 1830. Oliver Twist is an orphan who escaped from the workhouse he lived in and headed to London. In that populous city, he is found by a gang of robbers led by a cruel man called Fagin and he is taught how to steal. But in an attempt of a robbery he is caught and taken to a kind man’s house. The gang catches him again and takes him to where they lived against Oliver’s will. That’s the beginning of Oliver’s big adventure…

My favorite part of the story is the ending because it is completely unexpected and also because it is a happy ending for Oliver. My favorite character is Oliver, because he still has hope when he is in danger. The main theme of the book is  purity in a corrupt city, because he is a pure boy having dangerous adventures in London.

In conclusion, I’d recommend this story to everyone especially English students like me. This book didn’t affect me at all, but I have to admit that it is a sad story with the happy ending I was expecting.